posted on Dec, 20 2014 @ 12:26 PM
a reply to: the2ofusr1
The Experiments on the relative motion of the earth and ether have been completed and the result decidedly negative. The expected deviation of the
interference fringes from the zero should have been 0.40 of a fringe – the maximum displacement was 0.02 and the average much less than 0.01 – and
then not in the right place. As displacement is proportional to squares of the relative velocities it follows that if the ether does slip past the
relative velocity is less than one sixth of the earth’s velocity.
—Albert Abraham Michelson, 1887
From the standpoint of the then current aether models, the experimental results were conflicting. The Fizeau experiment and its 1886 repetition by
Michelson and Morley apparently confirmed the stationary aether with partial aether dragging, and refuted complete aether dragging. On the other hand,
the much more precise Michelson–Morley experiment (1887) apparently confirmed complete aether dragging and refuted the stationary aether.[A 5] In
addition, the Michelson–Morley null result was further substantiated by the null results of other second-order experiments of different kind, namely
the Trouton–Noble experiment (1903) and the Experiments of Rayleigh and Brace (1902–1904). These problems and their solution led to the
development of the Lorentz transformation and special relativity.
It's an interesting topic. The experiment has been repeated several times with similar results as above. Bowden seems to be able to draw absolute
conclusions about the experiment and it's implications without ever picking up a pencil and writing out the equations to support his position.
Quantum theory would say that anything is possible, but the probability is so low as to be zero.
But this thread is not about quantum theory, gravitational waves or dark energy. Back on topic.